Cahill strikes again in China

Socceroo striker Tim Cahill made it five goals in his last six games to help Shanghai Shenhua to a huge upset win in China overnight.

The former Everton and New York Red Bulls talisman scored the second goal in Shenhua’s 3-1 win over league-leaders Beijing Guoan at the Hongkou Stadium.

Showing his class in the box, Cahill slipped clear of his marker to poke home from close range on the hour mark after a pinpoint right-wing cross.

Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba also got on the scoresheet for Shenhua in his home debut to help the club move up to sixth on the CSL table.

After a slow start to his career in China, Cahill has hit a rich vein of form over the last month.

The 35-year-old has scored against Jiangsu Guoxin, Shanghai Shenxin, Guangzhou R&F, Tianjin Teda and now Beijing Guoan in the last six matches to help his side surge up the ladder.

He scored a trademark header last weekend, which you can check out in the player above.

Tim Cahill shakes hands with the opposition at full-time in the Chinese Super League.

Also in China, ex-Melbourne Victory skipper Adrian Leijer played a full match as his Chongqing Lifan won 3-1 at Hangzhou Lucheng.

Mitchell Duke got through 82 minutes for Shimizu S-Pulse as they drew 0-0 away to Kashima Antlers while Matt Smith was also involved in a 0-0 draw in Thailand as Bangkok Glass were held by Buriram United.

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Striker Nathan Burns was an unused substitute for FC Tokyo as they beat Albirex Niigata 3-1.

In Europe, Tom Rogic was also left on the bench as Celtic won their UEFA Champions League first leg qualifier 2-0 at home to UMF Stjarnan.

Adam Federici kept a clean sheet in his 45 minutes on the field for AFC Bournemouth in their 4-1 friendly win against Philadelphia Union, while Mathew Leckie also played half a game for FC Ingolstadt in their 2-0 win over FC Brno.

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